Just a quick post because I need to check out of the hotel soon. I’ll get it started off with another set of preview pictures. I took over 20Gs worth of pictures yesterday, so it’s going to take awhile to sort them all out and post them on flickr, but I’ll put a link up once I start getting them posted.
I can’t say much about the tennis now – it’s all become a blur. The DelPo/Tipsy match was boring, but once I figured there was no way Rafa would start a practice that close to his match time and I’d checked out all the practice courts, I planted myself in the stadium and stayed there. I knew it was going to be a long day and didn’t want to end up feeling like I did yesterday.
I thought Rafa was playing better in his singles than he did Saturday, but per the post-match interview, he wasn’t happy with his game. This just further proves that I don’t know crap. I was happy to see that Babolat finally got the AO star on Rafa’s bag!
The doubles got moved to a smaller court after I’d already worked my way down to the front in the grandstand. I’ve never moved faster in my life than I did getting from one end of the complex to another. Everyone left the Ferrer/Cilic match (awww) when they made the announcement and I feared I wouldn’t make it in time to get into the court. I did, but my seat sucked. Luckily kefuoe got better seats on the sunny side and I was able to get over there next change-over. We enjoyed a fun women’s doubles match, but she had to leave to catch her plane before Marc!/Rafa. Before the match started, some tall women with big hair sat in front of me. Their hair is in a lot of the photos – appearing as a huge glowing fuzzy blurr. Grrr.
The match wasn’t as smiley fun as I’d hoped it would be. Rafa was picking at his game and unhappy. After he was broken, he got worse – even smacking his head with his racket at one point. The crowd gasped quite loudly when he did that. (And no, I didn’t get a picture.) He also, however, made some amazing shots including one I can only describe as a leaping, 360 degree, reflex volley winner. It was amazing – and so fast! One second he was facing the net, the next he was a few feet over – only in that second he’d jumped, spun hit the ball and spun all the way around.
The Feliciano Lopez/Verdasco match was a lot of fun and a nice way to end my first live tennis experience. Both guys were playing well (if a bit patchy) and were really smacking the ball for all it was worth. And…best chair ever – Lahyani! I’m so glad I got to see him chair a match. It was amusing watching him sending hand signals and making faces at Feli’s very loud and very drunk cheering section of two.
Well, gotta go and already wrote too much boring crap anyway. I need to pack up the last of my stuff and check out of the hotel. *sniff*